bicolored striped sweat bee

(Agapostemon virescens)

Conservation Status
bicolored striped sweat bee
Photo by Alfredo Colon
  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  NatureServe

NNR - Unranked

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

The head and thorax are bluish-green. The male abdomen is black with yellow bands. The female abdomen is black with white bands.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

Total Length: to 7 16

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
  Silky agapostemon (Agapostemon sericeus) female abdomen is similar to the thorax, bright metalic green to bluish-green, not banded.  
     
 
Habitat
 
 

 

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Season

 
 

April to October

 
     
 

Behavior

 
 

 

 
     
 

Life Cycle

 
 

 

 
     
 

Larva Food

 
 

 

 
     
 

Adult Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

4, 7, 24, 27, 29, 30, 82.

 
  7/12/2021      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
 

Order

Hymenoptera (ants, bees, wasps, and sawflies)  
 

Suborder

Apocrita (wasps, ants and bees)  
 

Infraorder

Aculeata (ants, bees and stinging wasps)  
  Clade Anthophila  
 

Superfamily

Apoidea (apoid wasps, bees, sphecoid wasps)  
 

Family

Halictidae (sweat and furrow bees)  
 

Subfamily

Halictinae  
 

Tribe

Halictini  
 

Genus

Agapostemon (striped sweat bees)  
  Subgenus Agapostemon  
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

 

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

bicolored striped sweat bee

metallic green bee

sweat bee

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Dan W. Andree

 
 

I think it is a Bicolored Sweat Bee...

it was on a prairie flower in Norman Co. Mn. early July 2021

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Margot Avey

 
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Alfredo Colon

 
 

Very iridescent !

 
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Evan Holmes

 
 

Metallic green bee

Saw the metallic green bee on flowers in my front yard. On the right side in this photo.

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Sheryl Q

 
  Have several of these bees every year in my gardens. I think they are beautiful. There were three on one plant! Notice the heavy load of pollen on the rear legs.   bicolored striped sweat bee  
           
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Justice Landscaping

 
  Found this odd looking nest appear overnight in my boulder garden. I saw something inside and decided to video it to see what it was. I've never seen this type of bee...it's beautiful.   bicolored striped sweat bee  
 

Becca

 
  I've never seen a bee like this before but there have been a lot in my gardens this year. They really seem to like clover flowers and primroses.   bicolored striped sweat bee  
           
 
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Other Videos
 
  bicolored striped sweat bee (Agapostemon sp.)
Andrew Baita
 
   
 
About

Uploaded on Sep 16, 2010

a green bee shot with canon t1i and 100mm macro lens at HD 720p 30fps

 
       

 

Camcorder

 
 
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  Dan W. Andree
Early July 2021

Location: Norman Co. Mn.

it was on a prairie flower in Norman Co. Mn. early July 2021

bicolored striped sweat bee  
  Margot Avey
7/8/2021

Location:Lake Harriet Trial Gardens in Minneapolis

bicolored striped sweat bee  
  Evan Holmes
6/24/2018

Location: 1703 Saunders Ave St. Paul, Minnesota

Saw the metallic green bee on flowers in my front yard. On the right side in this photo.

bicolored striped sweat bee  
  Alfredo Colon
6/17/2018

Location: Woodbury, Minnesota

Very iridescent !

bicolored striped sweat bee  
  Sheryl Q
7/14/2016

Location: Ramsey

Have several of these bees every year in my gardens. I think they are beautiful. There were three on one plant! Notice the heavy load of pollen on the rear legs.

bicolored striped sweat bee  
  Justice Landscaping
6/23/2016

Location: Justice Landscaping

Found this odd looking nest appear overnight in my boulder garden.  I saw something inside and decided to video it to see what it was.  I've never seen this type of bee...it's beautiful.  

bicolored striped sweat bee  
  Sarah B
6/18/2016

Location: Hastings, MN

Found a nest in our back yard.

 
  kellylynn
9/25/2014

Location: Owatonna mn

they were all over my different asters as i have several different colors.  They were also in an out if the morning glories.  There were about 5 different bee species on my asters. Very beautiful green little bees.

 
  lilley
9/7/2014

Location: Fridley, MN

On the flowers of some Anise Hyssop

 
  Becca
6/21/2014

Location: Columbia Heights, MN

I've never seen a bee like this before but there have been a lot in my gardens this year. They really seem to like clover flowers and primroses

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  Ahme Bowen
9/12/2011

Location: Golden Valley

Hi.  I saw a few green bees (Agapostemon virescens) yesterday in my garden in Golden Valley

 
           
 
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